Texas in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 234

  • 1953-05-11 Tornado kills 114 in Waco Texas ($39M damage)
  • 1953-05-25 1st non-commercial educational television station-Houston, Texas
  • 1954-10-18 Texas Instruments Inc. announces the first transistor radio.
  • 1956-04-26 First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas
  • 1956-08-30 White mob prevents enrollment of blacks at Mansfield High School, Texas
  • 1957-06-27 Hurricane Audrey, kills 526 in Louisiana & Texas
  • 1957-11-02 The Levelland UFO Case in Levelland, Texas, generates national publicity, remains one of the most impressive UFO cases in American history
  • 1957-12-03 23rd Heisman Trophy Award: John Crow, Texas A&M (HB)
  • 1958-08-21 KUT-FM in Austin Texas begins radio transmissions
  • 1959-02-01 Texas Instruments requests patent of IC (Integrated Circuit)
  • 1960-08-18 1st photograph bounced off a satellite, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Richardson, Texas
  • 1961-05-08 1st practical sea water conversion plant-Freeport, Texas
  • 1961-09-11 Hurricane Carla strikes Texas with winds of 175 mph
  • 1963-08-13 US Customs agents confiscate 21 gold coins from Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas

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1963-11-21 US President John F. Kennedy flies to Texas (assassinated the next day)

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

MurderAssassination of John F. Kennedy

1963-11-22 American President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas

  • 1963-12-02 1964 NFL Draft: Dave Parks from Texas Tech first pick by San Francisco 49ers

MurderMurder of Interest

1964-03-14 Dallas, Texas; Jack Ruby sentenced to death for Lee Harvey Oswald's murder

Killer of Lee Harvey Oswald Jack Ruby
Killer of Lee Harvey Oswald
Jack Ruby
  • 1965-11-27 1966 NFL Draft: Tommy Nobis from University of Texas first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • 1966-08-01 Charles Whitman wounds 31 & kills 16 at University of Texas

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1966-09-15 U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin, writes a letter to the United States Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1967-09-05 -23] Hurricane Beuleah, kills 54 in Caribbean, Mexico & Texas
  • 1967-09-20 Hurricane Beulah hits Texas-Mexican border, kills 38
  • 1968-01-04 Duck hunter accidentally shoots endangered whooping crane in Texas
  • 1968-04-06 HemisFair 1968 opens in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1969-04-04 Haskell Karp receives the 1st temporary artificial heart, implanted by surgeon Denton Cooley at Texas Heart Institute in Houston
  • 1969-08-30 120,000 attend Texas International Pop Festival
  • 1970-07-30 -Aug 5] Hurricane Celia, kills 31 in Cuba, Florida & Texas
  • 1970-09-12 Phyllis Ann George (Texas), 21, crowned 43rd Miss America 1971
  • 1971-08-15 KVRL (now KRIV) TV ch 26 in Houston, Texas (Fox) begins
  • 1971-10-24 Texas Stadium opens-Cowboys beat Patriots 44-21
  • 1972-08-11 "Cheech & Chong Day" in San Antonio Texas
  • 1973-08-26 University of Texas (Arlington) is first accredited school to offer belly dancing
  • 1974-09-07 Shirley Cothran (Texas), 21, crowned 47th Miss America 1975
  • 1974-10-01 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in director Tobe Hooper's hometown, Austin, Texas in the US
  • 1974-10-30 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in Los Angeles
  • 1977-09-22 Preston Jones' "Texas Trilogy" premieres in NYC
  • 1978-02-14 1st "micro on a chip" patented by Texas Instruments
  • 1978-04-14 WRR-AM in Dallas Texas changes call letters to KAAM
  • 1978-05-02 1978 NFL Draft: Earl Campbell from University of Texas first pick by Houston Oilers
  • 1979-02-24 Highest price ever paid for a pig, $42,500, Stamford, Texas
  • 1979-04-10 Red River Valley Tornado Outbreak: A tornado lands in Wichita Falls, Texas killing 42 people.
  • 1979-07-25 109 cm rainfall at Alvin Texas (state record)
  • 1979-11-01 Tanker Burmah Agate off Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 10.7 m gallons of oil, in US's worst oil spill disaster
  • 1980-08-04 -11] Hurricane Aline, kills 272 in Texas & Caribbean
  • 1981-01-28 Olympic Glory tanker at Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 1 million gallons of oil in a ship collision
  • 1982-03-28 Last AIAW Women's Basketball Championship, Rutgers beat Texas 83-77 in Philadelphia
  • 1982-04-27 1982 NFL Draft: Kenneth Sims from University of Texas first pick by New England Patriots
  • 1982-05-31 "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 63 performances
  • 1982-07-05 Challenger flies to Kennedy Space Center via Ellington AFB, Texas
  • 1982-07-15 Columbia flies to Kennedy Space Center via Dyess AFB, Texas

  • 1982-07-24 "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" closes at E O'Neill NYC after 63 performances
  • 1982-11-22 Columbia returns to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB, Texas
  • 1982-12-07 In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr. becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the US.
  • 1983-08-17 -19] Hurricane Alicia, kills 17 in Texas
  • 1983-08-18 Hurricane Alicia battered Houston & Galveston, Texas
  • 1983-08-19 Dodgers trade Dave Stewart & Ricky Wright to Texas for Rick Honeycut
  • 1983-09-09 Challenger returns to Kennedy Space Center via Sheppard AFB, Texas
  • 1983-11-12 4 die in a train crash in Marshall Texas
  • 1984-05-23 37th Cannes Film Festival: "Paris, Texas" directed by Wim Wenders wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1985-03-23 Julian Lennon's 1st concert (San Antonio Texas)
  • 1985-04-13 Space Shuttle Atlantis ferried to Kennedy Space Center via Ellington AFB, Texas
  • 1985-05-13 Laura Elena Martinez-Herring, 21, (Texas), crowned 34th Miss USA
  • 1985-07-30 Valerie Lowrance, of Texas, 18, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • 1985-11-06 Exploratory well in Ranger, Texas, blows out, spilling 150,000 bbl (24,000 m3) of crude oil
  • 1986-02-24 Texas Air buys Eastern Airlines for $676 million
  • 1986-05-20 Christy Fichtner, 23, (Texas), crowned 35th Miss USA
  • 1987-02-17 Michelle Renee Royer, 21, (Texas), crowned 36th Miss USA
  • 1987-05-22 30 killed in a Texas tornado
  • 1988-03-01 Courtney Gibbs Eplin, 21, (Texas), crowned 37th Miss USA
  • 1988-07-16 San Antonio (Texas League) beats Jackson 1-0 in 26 innings
  • 1988-09-10 -18] Hurricane Gilbert, kills 300 in Jamaica, Texas & Yucatan
  • 1989-02-28 Gretchen Polhemus, 23, (Texas), crowned 38th Miss USA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991-05-01 Texas Ranger Nolan Ryan pitches record 7th no hitter (beats Toronto 3-0)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1991-10-16 George Jo Hennard, 35, kills 23 & himself & wounds 20 in Texas
  • 1993-02-28 Gun battle erupts near Waco, Texas at Branch Davidian compound after FBI attempts a raid
  • 1993-03-01 Authorities near Waco, Texas negotiate with Branch Davidians
  • 1993-04-19 After a 51 day siege by the FBI 76 Branch Davidians die in a fire near Waco Texas (accident, suicide, tear gas are disputed causes)

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1993-04-21 Action TV series "Walker, Texas Ranger" starring Chuck Norris debuts on CBS

  • 1993-05-29 Texas Ranger Jose Canseco pitches 8th inning in 15-1 loss to Red Sox, he gives up 3 runs on 2 hits & 3 walks, he damages his arm
  • 1993-10-27 Howard Stern's radio show begins broadcasting in El Paso Texas
  • 1994-06-25 111°F (43.9°C) at El Paso Texas
  • 1994-06-26 112°F (44.4°C) at El Paso, Texas
  • 1994-07-03 The deadliest day in Texas traffic history, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Forty six people were killed in crashes.

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1994-10-22 Statue of Sam Houston unveiled in Texas

Texan Revolutionary Sam Houston
Texan Revolutionary
Sam Houston
  • 1995-02-10 Chelsi Smith, 21, (Texas), crowned 44th Miss USA
  • 1996-08-21 Christie Lee Woods, 18, of Texas, crowned 14th Miss Teen USA
  • 1996-09-28 Troy Davis of Iowa State ran for 378 yards, 3rd highest in college football games (others: Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas & Alabama)

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1996-09-29 Alanis Morissette ends her 1st US tour (Houston Texas)

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Singer-Songwriter
Alanis Morissette
  • 1997-05-02 Republic of Texas security chief Robert Scheidt surrenders
  • 1997-05-28 Tornado in Jarrell Texas kills at least 28
  • 1997-10-04 Farm Aid 10 concert in Texas cancelled due to weak ticket sales and moved to Illinois
  • 1998-01-14 Researchers in Dallas, Texas present findings about an enzyme that slows aging and cell death (apoptosis)
  • 1998-02-03 Karla Faye Tucker is executed in Texas becoming the first woman executed in the United States since 1984.

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1998-02-26 Oprah Winfrey found not guilty in beef defamation trial brought by Texas cattlemen

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
  • 1998-06-07 James Byrd, Jr. is dragged to death by Shawn Allen Berry, Lawrence Russel Brewer, and John William King in Jasper, Texas in a racially-motivated hate crime.
  • 1998-12-14 64th Heisman Trophy Award: Ricky Williams, Texas (RB)
  • 1999-09-08 US Attorney General Janet Reno names former Senator John Danforth to head an independent investigation of the 1993 fire at the Branch Davidian church near Waco, Texas in response to revelations in the film "Waco The Rules of Engagement"
  • 1999-11-18 In College Station, Texas, 12 are killed and 27 injured at Texas A&M University when a massive bonfire under construction collapses.
  • 2000-03-27 Phillips explosion of 2000 kills 1 and injures 71 in Pasadena, Texas.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 519

  • 1924-10-11 Mal Whitfield, American Olympic athlete, born in Bay City, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1925-06-20 Audie Murphy, Kingston, Texas, most decorated American WW II hero/actor (Destry, Joe Butterfly)
  • 1925-08-16 Fess Parker, actor (Davy Crockett, Old Yeller), born in Fort Worth Texas
  • 1925-09-29 Steve Forrest, Huntsville, Texas, American actor (Ben-Dallas, SWAT), (d. 2013)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1926-05-25 Bill Sharman, American Hall of Fame basketball player (Boston Celtics) born in Abilene, Texas (d. 2013)

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • 1926-07-06 Conrad "Nicky" Hilton Jr., American hotel heir and 1st husband of Elizabeth Taylor, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1969)
  • 1926-12-21 Pedro Gonzales-Gonzalez, actor (Rio Bravo), born in Aguilares Texas
  • 1927-02-25 Dick Jones, American actor (Buffalo Bill Jr), born in Snyder Texas, (d. 2014)
  • 1927-04-01 Amos Milburn, R&B singer and pianist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1980)
  • 1927-07-23 Elliot McKay See Jr, astronaut, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1966)
  • 1927-09-22 Eligio [Kika] De La Garza, American politician (Rep-D-Texas, 1965-97), born in Mercedes, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1927-10-08 Al Duncan, blues drummer, born in McKinney, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1928-08-29 Thomas Stewart, San Saba Texas, baritone (La Roche Capriccio)
  • 1928-11-11 Ernestine Anderson, jazz vocalist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1928-12-10 Dan Blocker, De Kalb Texas, American actor (Tiny-Cimarron City, Hoss-Bonanza)
  • 1928-12-31 Amarillo Slim [Thomas Preston], Amarillo Texas, hall of fame professional poker player (1971 World Series main event), (d. 2012)
  • 1929-03-07 Yvonne Chouteau, Native American dancer (one of the "five Moons" of Oklahoma), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1929-07-05 Katherine Helmond, actress (Soap, Mona-Who's the Boss), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1929-08-12 Buck Owens, [Alvis Edgar], Sherman Texas, country singer (Hee Haw)
  • 1929-08-22 Harry McPherson, presidential counsel (Lyndon Johnson) and lobbyist, born in Tyler, Texas (d. 2012)
  • 1930-01-05 Edward Galven Givens Jr, Quanah Texas, Major USAF/astronaut

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1930-03-09 Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Downbeat Musician of Year 1966), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2015)

Jazz Composer Ornette Coleman
Jazz Composer
Ornette Coleman
  • 1930-03-26 Sandra Day O'Connor, 1st woman Supreme Court Justice (1981- 2006), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1930-04-28 Carolyn Jones, American actress (Morticia-Addams Family), born in Amarillo, Texas (d. 1983)
  • 1930-04-28 James Baker, American Secretary of the Treasury (1985-88), Secretary of State (1989-92), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1930-06-27 H Ross Perot, Texas, billionaire/presidental candidate (1992)
  • 1930-09-17 Edgar Mitchell, NASA astronaut (Apollo 14), born in Hereford Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1930-10-11 Sam Johnson, American politician (Rep-R-Texas), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1930-10-31 Booker Ervin [Booker Telleferro Ervin II], American saxophonist (Charles Mingus), born in Denison, Texas (d. 1970)
  • 1930-11-14 Edward H White II, Lt Col USAF/astronaut (Gemini 4), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1930-11-24 Yale Lary, American NFL safety Hall of Famer (Detroit Lions), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2017)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1931-01-31 Ernie Banks, "Mr Cub" Chicago Cubs, Hall-of-Famer (short stop/1st baseman), born in Dallas, Texas

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 1931-08-31 Noble Willingham, American actor (Walker, Texas Ranger, The Corndog Man), born in Mineola, Texas (d. 2004)
  • 1931-09-21 Larry Hagman, TV actor (I Dream of Jeannie, JR-Dallas), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2012)
  • 1931-10-13 Eddie Mathews, American hall of fame third baseman (Milwaukee Brave) who hit 512 home runs, born in Texarkana, Texas (d. 2001)
  • 1931-10-31 Dan Rather, Wharton, Texas, American journalist and news anchor (CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes)
  • 1932-01-02 Dabney Coleman, (That Girl, Mary Hartman, Buffalo Bill), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1932-02-04 Ivan Davis, Electra Texas, pianist/writer (Hunger, Corn is Green)
  • 1932-03-15 Alan Lavern Bean, Wheeler Texas, Capt USN/astronaut (Ap 12, Skylab 3)
  • 1932-04-01 Debbie Reynolds, American actress (Kathy Selden-Singin' in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1932-05-30 Pauline Oliveros, composer (Sound Patterns), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1932-06-06 David R Scott, Col USAF/astronaut (Gem 8, Apol 9, 15), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1932-07-01 Bobby Day, [Robert Byrd], rock vocalist (Rockin' Robin), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1932-09-29 Robert Benton, American writer/director (Kramer vs Kramer), born in Waxahachie, Texas
  • 1932-12-20 John Hillerman, american actor (Magnum PI), born in Denison, Texas
  • 1933-02-27 Raymond Berry, Texas, NFL hall of famer (Baltimore Colts)
  • 1933-03-08 Johnny Dollar, American country and rockabilly singer, born in Kilgore, Texas (d. 1986)
  • 1933-03-09 William McBeth, Ropesville, Texas, composer, (d. 2012)
  • 1933-04-26 Carol Burnett, American comedian and actress (Annie, 4 Seasons), born in San Antonio, Texas

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1933-04-29 Willie Nelson, American country singer (On the Road Again), born in Abbott, Texas

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • 1933-06-29 John Bradshaw, American theologian, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1933-07-20 Buddy Knox, American rock vocalist (Party Doll, Lovey Dovey), born in Happy, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1933-08-08 Joe Tex [Joseph Arrington, Jr.], American soul musician (Hold What You've Got, I Gotcha), born in Rogers, Texas (d. 1982)
  • 1933-09-01 Ann W. Richards, Lakeview Texas, American politician
  • 1933-10-28 Suzy Parker, model and actress (Chamber of Horrors), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2003)
  • 1933-11-25 Kathryn Grant Crosby, actress (Mr Cory, Big Circus), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1934-02-27 Van Williams, American actor (Green Hornet, Tycoon), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1934-03-11 Sam Donaldson, ABC White House correspondent (Prime Time), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1934-06-01 Peter Masterson, actor (Ambush Bay), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1934-11-10 Norm Cash, Eldorado Texas, 1st baseman (Detroit Tigers)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1935-01-16 A. J. Foyt, American racing driver (Indy 500 - 1961, 64, 67 & 77), born in Houston, Texas

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • 1935-01-21 Ann Wedgeworth, actress (Tiger's Tale, Men's Club, Bogie), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1935-08-18 Rafer Johnson, decathlete (Olympics gold 1960), born in Hillsboro Texas
  • 1935-08-20 Justin Tubb, country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1935-09-19 Robert Kruger, (Sen-D Texas)
  • 1935-10-15 Bobby Joe Morrow, sprinter (Olympic-3 gold-1956), born in Brownsville, Texas

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1936-01-02 Roger Miller, country singer (King of the Road, Dang Me), born in Fort Worth, Texas

Country Singer Roger Miller
Country Singer
Roger Miller
  • 1936-02-21 Barbara Jordan, (Rep-D-Tx, 1972-78), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1936-04-23 Roy Orbison, rock musician (Pretty Woman), born in Vernon, Texas (d. 1988)
  • 1936-06-03 Larry McMurtry, US scriptwriter (Lonesome Dove, Pulitzer 1986), born in Archer City, Texas
  • 1936-06-20 Billy Guy, American singer (The Coasters-Young Blood), born in Itasca, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1936-06-22 Kris Kristofferson, American singer/actor (Amerika, Millennium), born in Brownsville, Texas
  • 1936-08-05 John Dancy, newscaster (Prime Time Sunday), born in Jackson, Texas

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1936-09-07 Buddy Holly [Charles Holley], American musician (Peggy Sue, That'll Be the Day), born in Lubbock, Texas (d. 1959)

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
  • 1936-11-01 Katie Webster [Kathyrne Jewel Thorne], American boogie pianist (The Swamp Boogie Queen), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1936-12-23 Frederic Forrest, ,American actor (The Rose, Lonesone Dove), born in Waxahachie, Texas
  • 1937-02-25 Bob Schieffer, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1937-05-09 Sonny Curtis, Texas, guitarist (Crickets)
  • 1937-05-15 Trini Lopez [Tinidad Lopez], American singer and guitarist (If I Had a Hammer), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1937-06-04 Freddy Fender, American musician ("Before the Next Teardrop Falls"), born in San Benito, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1937-09-11 Robert L Crippen, Capt USN/astronaut (STS 1, 7, 41C, 41G), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1938-02-08 Ray Sharpe, singer-songwriter, (Linda Lu), born in Forth Worth, Texas
  • 1938-04-10 Don Meredith, NFL QB (Cowboys)/Mon Night Football, born in Mount Vernon, Texas
  • 1938-06-21 Ron Ely [Ronald Pierce], American actor (Tarzan, Doc Savage), born in Hereford, Texas

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1938-08-21 Kenny Rogers, singer (Through the Years), born in Houston, Texas

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • 1938-08-24 Mason Williams, American musician, songwriter, author and photographer (Classical Gas, Smother Brothers Comedy Hour), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1938-10-02 Rex Reed, movie critic/actor (Myra Breckinridge), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1938-10-26 Charles W Stenholm, (Rep-D-Texas, 1979- )
  • 1938-11-04 Harry Elston, R&B singer (Friends of Distinction ), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1938-11-06 P J Proby [James Marcus Smith], American singer, songwriter and actor (Hold Me, Three Week Hero), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1938-12-15 Bob [Robert] Foster, American professional boxer "The Deputy Sheriff", born in Borger, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1939-02-28 Tommy Tune, dancer/choreographer (Boyfriend), born in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • 1939-04-07 Donald L Holmquest, astronaut, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1939-04-18 Glen Hardin, American rock n roll and country musician (Crickets), born in Wellington, Texas
  • 1939-04-23 Ray Peterson, singer (Tell Laura I Love Her), born in Denton, Texas
  • 1939-05-27 Donald "Don" Williams, American country singer (I Believe in You), born in Floydada Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1939-08-09 Max Neuhaus, American percussionist and composer (sound sculptures), born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1939-08-18 Johnny Preston, singer (Running Bear), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1940-01-04 Anthony Skooter Teague, Texas, actor (How to Succeed in Business)
  • 1940-03-23 Luis Gasca, American trumpeter, born in Houston, Texas

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